HandFarm | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml poured into Tired Hands Stemware

A: HandFarm is straw/light golden, in color. The initial pour yielded a fluffy two finger head that quickly receded into about a cm of white film.

S: Really nice aroma on this. Notes of chardonnay, oak, tangy funk and spicy yeast.

T: Every aspect of the taste is balanced, yet very subtle. The taste opens up with a beautiful lemon character that flows into a soft tartness; ever-present are subtle notes of chardonnay and oak.

M: Light bodied with a soft carbonation. Dry finish.

O: I would describe this to be a very delicate take on the style. Everything that you would except from a wine barrel aged saison is present, but in a very soft, yet nuanced way. Very balanced, and too drinkable. This beer is nearly perfect, at least I think so.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 mL, green waxed bottle. Served in TH stemware.

Pours a chilled hazy gold with a small white head and soft lacing. Remarkable, delicate balance of fruit, yeast and wine in nose and flavor. White wine, oak, orange peel, faint earthiness on the nose. Ok, I'm about to say something crazy but flavor initially hit me like the first time I had Ann (fresh). The base, Farmhands, is a bright, refreshing grassy and lemon saison and the barrel aging has turned this into a beautiful beer that transcends what I expect from the style. Loads of lemon, sweet tropical citrus, white wine and mild oak tannin and grassy hops provide balance in the finish. Medium body, effervescent and crisp with light acidity. I will happily drink the rest of my bottles, and soon.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Pours a moderately-hazy straw color with a nice white head. Good retention and some mild lacing. The nose begins with a bit of white wine and a bit of oak. Touch of tannin and light saison yeast. Mild sulfur in the background.

Flavor showcases the wine barrel fermentation. Great wine character carries through the base. Body is incredibly smooth, providing a nice wheat background underneath mild flavors of white wine and oak, plus a faint bit of lemon and slight tartness. Body is light with a very dry finish. Very slight bitterness. Super drinkable. Love it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle at Tired Hands' 1st Anniversary Party, served in a stemmed pokal glass. Batch 2.

A very clear golden with thin white ring of very small beads with visible carbonation.
The aroma is enticing with a complex array of esters both from yeast and possibly the wine barrel with mild hints of fruit and tropical esters with a mild woody element. The feel is very dry with a good amount of carbonation and the tannic element is noticeable with a subtle astringency as it finishes with a tart yet refreshing aspect.

The taste is very intense from the first sip with some tangy white grape and light tinges of citrus with mild lemon quality and some nice earthy undertones of malt with gentle yeast dustiness as the saison finishes with vinous flavors, oak and tannins. It is a fantastic beer through and through I was really impressed with how expertly crafted this beer tasted from first taste to last.

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Photo of larryi86
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, batch 4, poured into a teku

A- A hazy right golden color with a small with head.

S- White wine/tart grapes, oak, barnyard funk, some leather.

T- Sour, lemons, grapes, light fruits, touch of oak, hint of leather, nice barnyard funk, some earth spices, very nice balance of flavors

M- Light, crisp, refreshing.

O- This is more sour than other barrel ages Saisons I have, and it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at Tired Hands' 1st Anniversary Party, served in a stemmed pokal glass. Batch 2.

A- Pours a hazy yellow color, thin white head, nice retention.

S- The aroma is absolutely amazing. Mildly sour, lots of dry must and hay, grass, as well as some great notes of white wine, oak and a bit of citrus.

T- Very dry, great yeasty, dry mustiness. There's a prominent white wine, grape skin and oak character. Light lemony citrus and hay. Finishes with vinous flavors, oak and tannins.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, soft feel, finishes very dry.

O- This is really awesome, one of the best saisons I've had in quite a while. TH has been consistently killing it with this style.

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Photo of spicelab
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared at tasting with huge thanks to MrKennedy.

Pale golden pear, lightly clouded with a fine white head that recedes with a lovely raised lace curtain.

Nose shows tart and tropical fruits on a lightly sweaty, oaky and chalky canvas, predominantly lemon and pineapple. Later on a complex herbal edge creeps in, with sage, marjoram and mint.

Follows the nose with a gorgeously rounded mild sweetness that you don't get from a gueuze or wild ale - which this otherwise resembles quite closely.

Very light body with tingly carbonation. Finishes with an earthy and mildly bitter dryness.

Overall stunningly impressive. Hugely drinkable, complex and honed.

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Photo of Treebs
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, green waxed bottle served in a Tired Hands oversized wine glass. Huge thanks to xnicknj for the glass and the beer.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a dollop of white foam forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film and sticky ring. Sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: This smell is delightful. Great lemon zest, spicy yeasty and sweet oak. White grape with some light tannin wine qualities, but the lemon characteristics come back with a nice sweetness as well. Slightly tart citrus peel as well.

T: Even more stellar than the nose. Lemony and bright with a nice peppery yeast. Slight spice with a minimal oak character. Slightly tart lemon peel with a sweet, bready malt body. The finish as a little vanilla sweetness, white wine and a little grapey fruitiness.

M: Light bodied with a nice a fresh bite. Medium carbonation with a smooth finish.

O: Absolutely delicious. Slightly tart and sweet with a great saison yeast presence. Enough spice and esters to arouse the tongue and at the same time give a nice complexity. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks Nick!

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this saison/farmhouse ale is much like others. What stood out the most about this beer was the body and finish. The finish had just the right amount of tartness. Muy Bueno!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a soft white head. The aroma offers tropical fruit, floral hops, simply amazing. Wow. I could smell this all day. The flavor does not quite live up to the promise of the aroma. That said, this is a very good beer. Light and refreshing. I could drink a crazy amount of this.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Mostly clear pale yellow with a finger and a half white creamy head. Leaves moderate lacing. The body has a nice effervescence.

Smell: Big white wine notes and oak up front. A very light funk comes through. Some lemons and a definitely wheat aspect.

Taste: Big white wine presence. Pretty much dominates the palate. Lots of oak gives this a very mellow taste. Lightly tart lemons and white grapes. A touch of bready sweetness. Finishes bone dry with chardonnay and oak.

Mouthfeel: Rather watery, which is a disappointment. Otherwise, nice creamy mouthfeel. Bone dry on the finish.

Overall: This is definitely good, but not as good as I hoped for. Flavors are definitely more relaxed, and I wish it had a tad more body. I would drink this again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a nice head of foam that caps the cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid; admirable lacing

Smell: Bready, with white wine, lemon, vanilla, oak and funk elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with the yeast adding an interesting tone; lemon, oak, vanilla and fruit tones add layers of flavor, with a touch of funk building

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer; I have tasted several good beers now from this brewery and this may well be my favorite so far

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Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from the brewery

Batch 1. Poured into a TH stem glass, a golden-straw color, clearer at first, but increasingly hazy as it got towards the sediment on the bottom. A small white head receded to a ringlet, but left sheets of fine lacing on the glass right until the end. One damn attractive looking brew, that's for sure. Nose was mellow but complex, notes of fresh cut grass and light funk, lemon and white grapes. Taste was similar, crisp, clean, and amazingly balanced, fresh grass, bright lemon zest, white grapes, tannins were light and very soft, just a touch of tartness. The wine/vinous notes didn't come out too intensely, which I thought was a good thing. Mouthfeel was light, overall crisp and fresh, clean and refreshing, right down to the last drop, though the inevitable yeast presence lent a touch of chalkiness in the last couple sips; no harm. Very nice.

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Photo of peensteen
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from tom10101

Hazy pale bright yellow colour, ring of white head with some lace. Smell is a mix of wine, oak and funk, lemony, citrusy, fruity with more white wine notes and funk on the back end. Taste is lemony and fruity, oak, dry white wine flavours, more citrus fruit, mild tartness mid palate, slight sweetness before finishing quite dry. Medium carbonation, spritzy and medium bodied. Really excellent stuff here, incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to Nick for this

pours a hazy straw pale yellow. little to no head, a thin ring of lacing. a hint of brightness.

nose blew me away, smells like a belgian gueuze. lemon, apples, funky, oak. just brilliant.

taste is no way resembles a gueuze though. a very light saison. starts out funky and spicy with a light fruit aspect. starts to fade and thin in flavor through the finish. subtle white wine and oak on the finish.

light with some bite that builds then fades. fairly dry.

quite good but such a bigger bolder nose than the flavor. wish this had a bit more to match the nose. easy drinker, very good.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a tulip

The body is a light yellow color, almost golden in spots, with a haziness throughout. A firm one+ finger of paper white foam rose and stuck to the glass as it retreated. Spider web lacing coating the glass.

Notes of fresh grass, earth, white wine, musty oak, pepper, lemons, damp wheat, and a little bit of funky cheese. This is a complex little number. The barrel aging imparts a nice roundness to the profile.

On the palate, this guy is soft and delicate, but well-rounded and complex. Soft damp wheat and grass up front before some barrel notes come in through the middle. Musty wood, dry wine, pepper, lemons, and a subtle dose of earthy/cheesy funk. The finish is dry, but not overly so. Some lingering barnyard notes with a touch of pepper and wine.

Smooth and lush. The carb levels were perfect. Slides in nice and easy.

A damn fine barrel aged saison. The characteristics from the barrel aging are not overpowering or too subtle, they are dead on as to not overpower such a delicate base beer. A well crafted beer on all fronts.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Tired Hands Teku. Batch 4.

Pours out with a clear filtered appearance and bright light yellow color. Little to non-existent head. Apple juice concentrate appearance .

The nose is very pleasant with oak, white wine, a faint whiff of musky sock, golden delicious apple, pear cider, and a yogurt lactic presence. Reminds me of the CD6 I had earlier with lots of wine and cider characteristics.

The palate is delicate and sports a nice bright fruitiness much in American Wild style category. Plenty of oak and vanilla from the barrels add a counter touch to the white wine notes. The fruits are along the line of apple, pear, lime zest, and white nectarine. So balanced and approachable. Vinous and tannic. A touch of cereal just to add to the complexity.

Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation again very similar to CD6. It's dry, tannic, and sports a nice lactic pucker that is not aggressive in any way. Missing some carbonation but it's not a terrible blow.

Overall a very tasty beer with big barrel presence, lovely balance, and high drinkability. Like a few other saisons that have seen barrel aging, this has morphed into a wild ale/saison hybrid. Not the best saison (or wild ale for that matter) that I've had but certainly among the better ones. Seek this out.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, batch 2. Thanks Dustin. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/3/2014.

App- hazy straw yellow body, nice one finger whine head, decent retention, solid lacing.

Smell- this is the one American made beer that comes even close to the Cantillon/3F funkiness. It's closer to 3F really, but has that strong barnyard leather funk that Cantillon has, with a nice lemony zesty funk typical of 3F. Fantastic. Even has white wine notes to it.

Flavor- a bit disappointing considering how good this beer smells. Tart, dang funky but not much else besides faint white wine barrel and oak.

Mouthfeel- a bit thin, good carbonation. But still a bit thin compared to CD6 that we drank tonight. Nice dry Chardonnay-like aftertaste.

Overall- smell is a winner, everything else about this beer says very good saison.

Re-reviewed: Doug opened up a Batch 3, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/11/2014. Basically, it doesn't smell as good as Batch 2 did- more chardonnay flavours rather than funk and acid. But it does taste better- maybe in this case, less is more. More tart and chardonnay-forward, less funk and acid. I think I'd prefer Handfarm somewhere in between what batch 2 and batch 3 are right now at this particular time.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Michael for sharing this one.

Beer pours a hazy very light yellow with a small white head. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! It smells sour with a nice bit of wine as well as some citrus fruit. It all comes together quite nicely. Flavor isn't quite as incredible as the nose, but it's still pretty impressive, it's a little tart with some nice white wine characteristics which meld nicely with the fruity saison base. It's a little on the sweet side, but far from overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is oddly thick for the style, but it doesn't really detract too much from the experience. Overall, this is a really nice wine BA saison.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500ml green-waxed bottle, graciously shared at our weekly tasting.

A: Slightly hazy golden colored body with a rich, sudsy and soapy white head. Good carbonation, minor lacing and a nice retention cap on-top. A very "pretty" looking beer.

S: Nice amounts of oak and faint white wine. You can tell the barrel influence is here. A bit of funk, bready pale malts and a crisp note I get with many of their saison yeasts.

T: Funk, oak, extremely subtle white wine qualities, pale malts and lemon.

M: Extremely crisp, lower end of medium bodied, perfect carbonation. The experience on the palate is absolutely perfect. Amazing craftsmanship here.

This beer is just a work of a true craft brewer. It's such a well made, straightforward wine barrel aged saison. That said, it's not a game changer, a mind-blower or anything like that. If you get the chance to try this, lucky you; but don't give up the stars for it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for sharing this tonight, Jack. Blend 4.

This one pours a light pretty hazy yellow, with a quarter inch head, and basically no lacing.

This one smells like white wine, oak, sweet and sour grain, and a bit of citrus.

This has a really interesting malt bill to it that sets it apart from other saisons. Rustic, and a little spicy from the rye, with big barrel character, lots of white wine. Mildly lactic, this is definitely retains its saison character and doesn't become completely wild.

This is light bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A really nice BA saison, this style is slowly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into teku

Hazy golden straw color with yellow tones. Bubbly crop of white head dissolves, leaving a few spots of lacing and a collar of retention.

Pleasant blend of white wine, grape skins and oak in the nose. Soft funky tartness with citrus peel and fresh cut grass. I can't wait to dive in!

Snap of citrusy tartness backed by white wine and oak character. Straw and grainy backbone with bretty yeast and wet hay funk. Grape skins and soft fruit sweetness, vinous tones and grass. Finishes tart and dry.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, delicate and bubbly on the tongue. Another well-crafted wine barrel saison that takes their flagship FarmHands beer to new levels. So far, I haven't been disappointed by any of their barrel-aged offerings. This was worth standing out in the cold for.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice and subtle saison/sour. Lots of dry white wine grape, maybe hints of other fruit, mild tartness and brett. Very soft and gentle in both flavor and mouthfeel, pretty light in flavor, pretty dry too though not bitter and not incredibly sour. This is on par with most of the Hill Farmstead saisons for quality, though it has its own personality. I wish beers like this were shelf beers you could get all the time and not just special bottles you have to save for tastings.


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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Crentankey for this delicious brew.

A- Slight translucent light lager honey. Medium cloud-white color with no legs.

S- Tart lemon, lemon zest. Some funk in the background. Mild orange peel.

T- Funk and lemon hit first. A bit watery after that, but not as bad as some of the other "great" saisons that I have had lately.

M- Medium thick build for a saison. Nice carb snap in your mouth.

O- A well done saison. First Tired Hands that I have had.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color wit a small white head and little lacing

S-lemon, white wine, funk, oak, nice aroma

T-lemon, tart grapes, oak, white wine, grains, nice funky Brett, hint of spice

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart

O-enjoyable sour with nice range of flavors, wish it were more easily available

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